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Kashmir crisis explosive: Peace talks urgent

Daily Mirror The February 14 attack on an Indian military convoy in the disputed Kashmir region once again underlines the importance of a concerted international effort to find a solution to the seven-decade-old crisis. If the international community is unwilling to say the K-word in deference to India, at least it should not fight shy … Continue reading

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A short life on the ‘cocaine throne’

Daily Mirror The arrest of Makandure Madush and the revelation of several politicians consuming narcotics underscores the fact that the drug trade in Sri Lanka has deep roots and can’t be eradicated that easily. No doubt a big fish in the drug industry was caught in Dubai and this news would be music to the … Continue reading

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JVP deserves a chance

Daily FT The JVP is an untried horse with able leaders and it has immense potential to take the country in a new direction – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara However much and in whichever manner one shuffles the pack of cards in Sri Lankan politics, five jokers constantly appear right at the front: an incompetent … Continue reading

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A Pardon, and a Penalty: A Prelude to a Populist?

Groundviews  As we reflect on Sri Lanka’s 71st Independence Day, many things that have political currency come to mind. Free education and healthcare, a reduced cost of living, and anti-corruption are usually among these things. But there are some stranger things that can gain currency in this country. Although they are difficult to clearly see, we … Continue reading

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REAL LEADERS

Daily Mirror Reading newspapers fuels my thoughts and perusing pictures catches my eye! My first question then is WHY? Why can’t our leaders be ‘real leaders’ like most of them in every other part of the world? Memory takes me back to a particular picture of the then President Obama and Laotian President Vorachit inspecting … Continue reading

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